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RATINGS: 862   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
The pure water we receive from the East Branch of the Brandywine Creek that begins its journey to us just under 14 miles from where we brew with it. We’ll be celebrating this water (insert your lite beer joke here) with our anniversary beer, Headwaters Pale Ale, due to be released February 15, 2011. Now, considering that beer is the product of four simple ingredients and the three other than water rely on water for their existence, we’ve had a fair amount of latitude in paying homage to water in our beer. So, we’ve played all of our cards deftly, bringing the hops, malt and yeast in harmony, with our great local water as the conductor in Headwaters Pale Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stunetii (90) - Bergen, NORWAY, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2011
A few bottles purchased at brewery back in March 2011. Overall, this was an excellent brew, although it was as hoppy as quite a few of the IPAs out there. Pours with a copper-colored body and a respectable two-finger head. The lacing is fairly tight and sticky. The aroma is surprisingly powerful and florally, with hints to citrus fruits and pine. The taste is simply awesome and relatively bitter, yet the bitterness dissolves quickly in the finish. Flavors like pine and grapefruit accompany the dry mouth feel. Overall, this is a remarkably tasty, aromatic and refreshing pale ale and one that I will certainly enjoy drinking over and over again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUN 9, 2012
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy medium copper with a thick 1.5 finger off-white head. Really good head retention. Aroma is full of citrus hops backed up by a little bit of malt underneath. Hops really overpower everything, though and are very inviting. The flavor really pulls the malt and hops together with lots of citrus up front carried by some toasted caramel underneath. A little bready malt as well. Bitterness ends up being on the light to moderate side and I really wish there was a little more malt. The beer finishes relatively clean and slightly sticky. Overall, another great beer from Victory. A great summer beer and one that is highly sessionable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ertajorou (2) - forked river, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2012 does not count

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Claymeister (74) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Draft at Victory Xfinity Live. Pours a clear orange. Aroma is strong citrus hops and very inviting. Love the strong flavor. This is a good APA. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Apricot pour with a nice off white head. Amazingly fresh citrus hop aroma, this is one of the better aromas from an APA that I’ve experienced. The flavor is a very well balanced mix of the hops with a buttery bread finish. Smooth body with light carbonation, this is the epitome of a session beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Pours clear golden amber with a scant head of bone white foam that fell fast to a cap and ring. Left nice lace and constantly refreshed. In the right light has an orange hue.

Nose is out of this world. Citrus, lemon and orange with apple behind that. Light malt sweetness, grains and light bread. Generous spice, sweetly floral and herbal.

Taste follows the nose all the way. Citrus twang greets you first followed by a light sweet malt. Cereal grains carry it to the back with an earthly presence and a healthy helping of spice to tingle on the tongue. Ample carbonation lightens the body. Mouthfeel is sticky, creamy, crisp and light. The apple is sweet and tart like a good apple should be. Lingers whole in the aftertaste with no one characteristic able to be separated from the others. Terrific balance and the aftertaste has a slight mineral quality.

This is one of the best pale ales you will have. It’s refreshing, it’s delicious, it’s well made and you want to have it always in your refrigerator. It’s confident and brisk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bengibbs6 (59) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2013
Nice pale color - perfect for pale ale. Decent off white head. Citrus and pine aroma, flavor surprises with some biscuit notes up front into the piney/citrusy aroma. Very nice pale ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gurthnar (3337) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 26, 2015
Tap at RJ. Aroma mostly hoppy, fruity, exotic. Clear amber colour. Stable white head. Taste has high bitterness and quite lots of hoppy flavour. Fruity, berries, grassy. Light biscuity caramelly malty backbone. Overall remains rather dry, thin bodied, easily drinkable, long hoppy finish. Very good. Well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lore (1574) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 10, 2015
Hazy golden colour, moderate sized off-white head; aroma of resiny notes, some bread, fruitiness and floral notes; taste of resiny bitterness, fruity and caramel notes; really good APA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (2179) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - SEP 1, 2015
Can from Meditrina. Bright clear copper with lasting head and lace. Pine and spice aroma with a touch of caramel and grains. Toasted caramel sweetness roasted nuts cereal mild fruit with piney spicy bitterness that lingers. Medium body medium carbo. Classic American pale ale and definitely not to be confused with an IPA. Excellent.

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